Our team

The Therapy Garden combines the expertise and talents of experienced staff, trustees and volunteers. The charity is indebted to our patrons; actress and local resident, Dame Penelope Keith DBE, DL and Young Horticulturist of the Year 2013, Jez Stamp, and we appreciate their ongoing support.

OUR PATRONS

I was delighted to be asked to become a Patron of the Therapy Garden, especially as I am a gardener at heart. I have seen at first hand from similar projects, how those with special needs, be they physical or mental, can benefit from a close contact with the earth and nature. I wish this project and all those involved every success.

Dame Penelope Keith DBE, DL

Gardening is my passion. Working with plants gives me a tremendous sense of wellbeing and perspective. I hope my knowledge and experience will benefit the fantastic work already done by the Therapy Garden which shows the power that gardening has to help everyone, whatever their needs.

Jez Stamp, Horticulturist of the Year 2013

CENTRE STAFF

Sally Mills – Centre Manager

Sally took over as Centre Manager in July 2016, having been the charity’s fundraiser for the previous two years. Before joining The Therapy Garden, she handled national PR within the charity sector, managed independent public events and festivals, worked in event fundraising in the arts. Sally enjoys picking up gardening tips from our horticulturists and buying local produce.

Kira Hardy– Garden Manager & Deputy Centre Manager

Kira has worked with young offenders within the prison system, has experience working with clients recovering from addiction, along with many years experience working in the horticulture industry. She enjoys visiting farm shops to buy local produce and has put her sign writing and illustration skills to use in our garden and shop.

 

Katrina Young- Senior Horticulturist

Coming soon

Hannah Bates – Senior Horticulturist

Coming soon

Carol Thorne – Horticulturist

With a background in nursing, Carol turned a keen interest in gardening into a new career and holds an RHS Level 2 Horticulture Qualification. She has worked in a number of voluntary roles with the National Trust, Age UK and the Physic Garden in Chelsea before joining as a volunteer at The Therapy Garden in 2016. Carol also works as a part time gardener at The National Trust’s Polesden Lacey and enjoys spending her time cooking and learning new craft skills.

Kate Turner – Horticulturist

Coming soon

Mark Coupland – Horticulturist

 

Mark joined the charity as a part-time horticulturist, having previously run a horticulture social enterprise project for the YMCA and worked as a horticulture tutor for adults with mental health needs. He completed his NVQ Level 3 in Youth Work and has a degree in Landscape and Amenity Management. Mark enjoys working with young people and using his gardening expertise to help them gain confidence and develop.

Sally Wooding – Fundraiser

Sally’s background is firmly rooted in the hospitality industry with experience in managing both corporate and private sector events. Sally takes care of corporate fundraising and organising events to raise the profile of the charity and can often be found in The Therapy Garden kitchen making delicious chutney and preserves for our shop.

Rachel Allen – Fundraiser

Rachel is responsible for fundraising from charitable trusts and foundations and securing corporate sponsorship. She has previously fundraised for local group Isabel’s Sparkle and worked in corporate pensions and accountancy. Rachel enjoys spending time in the garden with her children and is gradually becoming a better gardener thanks to her mother’s guidance.

Natalie Claveria – Marketing & Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Coming soon 

Andrew Kassell – Administration Assistant

Andrew joined The Therapy Garden as a volunteer and has become an invaluable member of the team, helping with general administration. He is a keen sportsman; he has been the General Secretary of a local cricket club for eight years and also holds a Level 2 European Computer Drivers License.

Board of Trustees

Neil Jones                                 Chairman

Anne Everitt                            Vice-Chair

Richard Shears                        Treasurer

Reeve Martin                           Health & Safety, risk management

Colin Ellis                                 Horticulture

Samantha Strongman           Mental Health, Safeguarding

Sue Bevan                                Recruitment, HR

Alex Wigley                             Horticulture

Peter Goodyear                       Project Management